Micheal Larson

Feb. 13, 1948-May 9, 2019

Micheal Lynn Larson,

71, Minot, died on Thurs-

day, May 9, 2019 in his

home after a year-long

battle with cancer.

The story of Micheal’s

birth as remembered by

two older sisters. It was a

winter of deep snow

when Micheal was born to

Arnold and Elizabeth

(Petz) Larson on February

13, 1948. “Pa hooked up

the horses to the stone-

boat and went to the Akan

farm to bring Lydia back.

There was so much snow

that Pa had to shovel to

get Lydia in the house.

When Lydia was in the

house Pa took the rest of

us kids (7) down to the

barn to milk cows. When

we got back to the house,

we heard a baby crying

and we had a new broth-

er. One at a time we all

got to go upstairs to see

Mom and meet Mike.”

Mike received his first

Holy Communion in June

of 1956. He attended

country school through

7th grade. He continued

his education in Ryder

ND, graduating in 1966.

Mike volunteered for

the draft in May 1967. He

served in the US Army

stationed at Fort Bliss, TX;

Fort Dix, NJ; and Fort

Jackson, SC. Returning to

Minot two years later, he

started a part-time job at

K-Mart. He held many po-

sitions over his 38 years

there and retired as Assis-

tant Store Manager in


Mike married Sharleen

Severance in January of

1968. They divorced in

the early 80’s but Shar-

leen remained his com-

panion for life. They trav-

eled together to casinos in

Las Vegas, New Mexico

and ND. They enjoyed be-

ing together for the

grandchildren’s school

and sporting events. Shar-

leen bought the motor

home and Mike bought

the boat for summers of

camping and fishing.

Mike was a great father

and an amazing grandfa-

ther. He would do any-

thing to support his


He enjoyed driving the

countryside looking for

the big buck and spending

time in his boat. He had a

green thumb. His garden

was always plentiful with

lots to share with his fam-

ily and friends. He en-

joyed going to auction

sales to see what treasures

he could find. Bowling,

golf and slow pitch soft-

ball kept him active for

many years. He rolled one

300 game and was a

member of the 1983 North

Dakota Champions Class

B Slow Pitch tournament

team. He was a diehard

Minnesota Vikings and

Twins fan even during

their years of very few


Family: In addition to

Sharleen, Mike is sur-

vived by his three chil-

dren: Shawna Lynn

(Richard) Schenfisch,

Makoti; Christopher

Micheal (Denise) Larson,

Minot; and Jaime Lynn

(Blair) Haaland, Minot.

His seven grandchildren

were everything to him.

They are Charlee and Jer-

icka Schenfisch, Max Wil-

son and Parker Larson,

and Kayleigh, Ben and

Blake Haaland.

Five sisters survive:

Eileen Ehlert, Renton,

WA; Joan (John) Christen-sen, Las Vegas, NV; Sylvia

Thompson, Wimberley,

TX; Linda (David) Jacob-

son, Minot, ND; and Nan-

cy Larson, Albuquerque,

NM. Three brothers sur-

vive: Richard, Minot, ND;

Byron (Donna), Ryder,

ND; and Ronald (Karen),

Garrison, ND. Many,

many nieces, nephews,

cousins and other rela-

tives also survive. Sisters

and Brothers in Law:

Sharon (J. Budd) Hovey,

Rio Rancho, NM; Jan (Sal-

ly) Severance, Ryder, ND.

Preceding Mike in

death were: his parents;

his brother: Eugene;

brothers-in-law: Donald

Ehlert and Pat Thompson;

sisters-in-law: Judith Lar-

son and Sandra Larson;

and his father and

mother-in-law: Raymond

and Fern Severance.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,

May 15, 2019 at St. John

The Apostle Catholic

Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill

Cemetery, Ryder, ND

Vigil Prayer Service:

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May

14, 2019 at Thomas Fami-

ly Funeral Home, Minot.

Visitation: Tuesday

from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00

p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorials are preferred

to Ryder Rosehill

Cemetery and Trinity

CancerCare Center or

donor’s choice.

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